Walking Fern, Asplenium rhizophyllum
(formerly Camptosaurus rhizophyllus)
Aspleniaceae or Spleenwort Family
A small, rock-loving fern with evergreen leaves that are shaped like very long, narrow triangles. Leaves root at the tips, producing new plantlets; in this way, the plants "walk" to new locations. Tiny oblong spore cases (sori) lie along the leaf edges on the undersides of some leaves (the fertile leaves).
A widespread but uncommon native fern that likes limestone rocks in shady woods.
Common in Wildwood, but only around rocks above the trails on the western slope, near the South Bridge of the Riverway. It is considered rare and endangered in several other states.
Easily recognized by the shape of the leaves and its walking talents.